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Joanne Geisel

As a child, Joanne loved to draw and started painting in oils at an early age.  After receiving a bachelor’s degree in art education, she worked in human service and higher educational occupations, where she used her creative skills to help people reach their personal goals. In 2005, Joanne was able to fulfill one of her lifelong dreams of being a full time artist when she moved to Leland, NC with her husband and daughter.

Joanne has been teaching beginning and intermediate students in classes and workshops for the past five years in the Wilmington area. As she prefers to teach from life, Joanne has taught students to paint still life, plein air landscapes and portraits. Her paintings have won numerous awards.She exhibits in regional galleries and her work is held in a number of corporate and personal collections. 

Artist Statement:
“Painting landscapes and the human figure directly from nature is what I enjoy most. Painting landscapes en plein airis endlessly fascinating due to the discovery of beautiful locations, the careful, constant observation that is required and the challenge of adding one's unique perspective. Drawing and painting a model, capturing his or her mood and energy through line, and color is a joyful, intriguing experience. Also, being able to teach provides another venue for personal learning, and sharing knowledge and appreciation. This combination of creating art and teaching has provided impetus for artistic growth and development.”

Marist College, MPA 1983
SUNY New Paltz, graduate studies in art and education, permanent certification in art education, 1978
SUNY College at New Paltz, B.S. Art Education, 1973
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, Fashion major, 1968-69

Recent Exhibitions, Awards, Grants highlights:
Plein Air Annapolis, Juried artist, June 2015
Wilson Arts Council, Wilson, NC, featured artist, May 2015
Spectrum Gallery, Wilmington, NC, featured artist, April 2015
City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC, featured artist, March 2015
Bellamy Mansion’s Emerging Artist Show, Juror, September 2014
Landfall Foundation Show, Wilmington, NC, Best in Category- Oil Painting, August 2014
Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Invitational Show, Winter 2014
Artworks, New Bern, Featured Artist, July 2013
Columbus County Art Council Annual Show, Juror, August 2013
Wilmington Art Association Azalea Festival Art Show, Third Place, April 2013
North Ridge Country Club Juried Show – February 2013
Oil Painters of America Plein Air Paint-out, Charleston, SC, First Place, November 2012
Spectrum Gallery and Fine Art, Wilmington, NC –Featured Artist, September 2012
Wilmington Art Association Azalea Festival Juried Show, RayMar Art Award, April 2012
Associated Artists of Southport Spring Show, Merit Award, March 2012
Regional Artist Project Grant Recipient, 2012-2013
Green Hill Center for NC Art - 32nd Annual Winter Show 2011-2012
Brunswick Art Council, People’s Choice Award, October 2011
621 North 4th Street Gallery, Wilmington, NC, One person show, August 2011
Azalea Festival, Wilmington, NC, Carl E. Malpass, Sr. Memorial Award and People’s Choice Award, April 2011
Cameron Art Museum, Art of the State/State of the Art Show, 2011
Woods Gallery, Bald Head Island, NC, Featured Artist, April 2011
Wilmington Art Association Spring Show, winner of publicity poster contest, April 2011
Cardinal Club, Raleigh, NC, Featured artist, Invitational Art Show, March 2011
City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC, Featured artist, Landscape in Art: The Continuum VIII, February 2011
Lantana’s Gallery, Featured Artist, Southport, NC, August 2010
Caprice Bistro, Wilmington, NC, “Figuring it Out”, Two person show, June-September 2010
Brunswick Art Council, grant recipient, 2010
Azalea Festival, Wilmington, NC, Second Place, April 2010
Associated Artists of Southport Spring Show, Merit Award, March 2010 North Ridge Country Club, Purchase for Permanent Collection, March 2010 Brunswick Art Council Show, Gladys Wagenseil Memorial Award and Honorable Mention, Oct 2009
Port City Antiques and Art, Featured artist, May 2009
Wilmington Art Association, Juried show, April 2009
North Ridge Country Club Juried show, Best in Show, Purchase Award, March 2009
Associated Artists of Southport Show, Merit Award, March 2009
Brunswick Art Council Show, 2 Merit Awards, February 2009